Archives for category: Rose

Yesterday was my Grandmother’s (Grandy’s) Birthday. She loves whites, yellows and greens and whenever we buy her bunches of flowers it’s always in these colour tones. I wanted to replicate the birthday bouquet we were going to give her as the theme for her birthday cake. To do this I made just over a dozen hand moulded roses (like this but Peggy Porschen’s book has a great tutorial too) to arrange in clusters on top of the cake with some sugar leaves. I made some solid white and yellow then a few with lighter yellow centres and white outside petals, then dusted them with ‘Primrose’ edible dust. The cake turned out super cute and fresh looking and I think she loved it. Happy Birthday Grandy! x

It’s been a few weeks now since the Hampton Court Flower Show was on but I’ve been waiting to share this post until I made this cake. I had the best day at Hampton Court with my flower-loving friend Alexia, and while the weather wasn’t amazing, the displays sure were. We wandered through the show gardens, browsed the stalls and enjoyed a demonstration from top florist Simon Lycett. I went away feeling super inspired by all the incredible plants and flowers. Their textures and colours were fascinating but mostly I ended up looking at everything and wishing it was made out of sugar. Typical. While in the rose tent one particular flower grabbed my attention for its gorgeous colours. I regrettably, in my excitement, didn’t take down the specific name of this English rose but going off the photos I took, chose to roughly recreate it for the top of this cake to be served at an afternoon tea. Luckily I recently purchased this unbelievable book where I followed its step by step guide on how to create an English rose. I made a few alterations from the original flower, choosing to make it in a more ombre orange to pinky purple colour to go with the cake better. In addition to Peggy’s instructions I included an extra layers of petals so the rose was larger and I bent back the petals on the outer layers. I love how it turned out, especially the colours and how fluid the petals look, and I’m excited to use other flowers I saw in future cakes.  You can see more pictures from our visit here…

This week my friend Alexia took me to the flower market with the intention of picking up something to decorate a cake for my Grandmother’s 91st birthday. Last year I made sugar flowers so this year I thought I would opt for some fresh ones. We got up early, had a wander around and ate some killer bacon sandwiches. The market smelt uh-mazing and there was so much choice. However, as soon as I saw a bouquet of candy coloured roses I knew they were the ones. They featured enough pinks (her favourite colour) along with pretty purples, soft creams and pops of red, yellow and orange. For the cake itself I went for lemon filled with lemon buttercream and lemon curd and covered it in pale pink fondant. Being a flower pro Alexia came over and helped me wire and wrap the roses so that they could be easily placed in the cake. They then chilled in the fridge until I needed to use them. Once the cake was iced I simply pushed the wire stems into the cake arranging them in a sort of circle, then the middle and finally filling in any gaps with the rose leaves. This was one amazing smelling cake and it tasted pretty great too. Happy Birthday Granny! x 

It’s always good to stop and appreciate the amazing people in your life. That’s why I love days like today. My Mother is one of the most amazing people I will ever know. She is always there to guide me, teach me new things and give an honest opinion about which sprinkles to use. Having said that, these macarons are not for her. Ha. They are for another wonderful mother. My friend Emily asked me to make some macarons to give to her mum and I wanted to make something super pretty. We decided on rose as the flavour so I piped on tiny roses to the shells using royal icing. I used this tip for the rose and this tip to pipe the leaves. I hope everyone had a wonderful day with the special ladies in their lives. Happy Mother’s Day! x

I think I’m going to be approaching that age now where my friends are going to start asking for wedding cakes. To prepare for this I decided to do a two day wedding cake course at the Peggy Porschen Academy to make something like this. I’ve done a course there before which was brilliant, but this course went in to more detail and covered stacking, doweling and all the steps to producing a professional wedding cake. I loved that this time around we were able to bake everything and make the buttercreams ourselves. It was really helpful to be taught at every stage of the process. I struggled a bit with all the new techniques and tools and keeping up with the pace of the class, but our teacher Marianne was amazing. She kept us on track, allowed for some one on one teaching and answered all our questions. It was hard fitting it all in to two days, so the design was simplified and we only made two tiers. This was ok as the practice is the same; as long as we had the basics down, we could just apply them to more tiers in the future. During the course I attempted lots of new things, such as covering a cake board, making rose buds and creating a stripey band around the cake (which seemed impossible to cut straight,ugh). I learnt so much in such a short time and it showed me that I need to be more precise by paying attention to the little details and calculating everything properly, especially when tackling wedding cakes. The biggest thing I took away from the course was having so much more confidence in my abilities and being more sure of my approach to cakes in general.